Letter From the President (October 2020)

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE IN THE KNOW!

Email: centennialcommoner@yahoo.com

It’s that time of the year for preparations for the Annual January Meeting. Nominations to the Board need to be sent to either CMA or the Board for inclusion on the ballot that will be sent in late November or early December.
If you’re interested please fill out the form on the website and submit it as soon as possible. The current Board will remain if voted in. Write-ins will be allowed but they stand little to no chance of accumulating enough
votes to be elected. This is the opportunity for any resident who believes they could better serve the HOA than the current Board members or feel they have the talent to offer the HOA. Remember we are always looking to add to our volunteer lists and starting as a volunteer gives you a chance to see what is required of a Director of the Board. Many hands make a job easier. Thanks!

So will this year ever end!? It looked like we were getting better but no, we’re not. Most views are we will need a vaccine to be able to go back to normal. While that’s disappointing things could be much worse, right? The Board worked hard to keep the pool open this summer trying to ensure we kept everything in line with the CDC guidelines. We were very cautious about allowing the use of the tennis and basketball courts albeit with restrictions. The Governor then gave us some relief with a sign that said you use our facilities at your own risk. So we opened the playground and posted the signs (as required) on all our amenities. Unfortunately, we and our legal team did not feel comfortable with opening the clubhouse to outside events and the fitness room. Those
will remain closed until further notice. As we wind down these last few months of 2020 you can rest easy that your Board has been showing up and working hard to keep the HOA moving in the right direction throughout the year. We have put the final touches on the next year’s budget, but we are waiting for a couple of vendors’ proposed contracts. And as you read through the
newsletter you will see what we have been doing this summer. As much as we’d like to take a break, now is the time to prepare for 2021.

I’m very proud of the work and effort of all the Board members to keep the HOA strong. If you get a chance, thank them for their work. That goes a long way!

Thanks for taking the time to read through the letter. Hopefully, you will find it informational. At this point it is
our safest and best way to communicate with all of you.

Thanks,
Don Roach
President CCHOA

Election Day – Nov. 3

Political Signs

Our covenants state residents can place only one (1) political sign – not to exceed 2 feet by 2 feet. The sign may be displayed on a lot two weeks prior to an election that the sign pertains to and must be removed the day after the election. Signs need to be placed in non-mowing areas during the mowing season, which we are currently in.
Again only ONE sign.

Annual Meeting – Jan. 2021

You will be receiving information on this meeting over the next couple of weeks. The Board is looking to hold a virtual meeting as a choice. We would tabulate the votes and answer any submitted questions to the Board at this meeting. Basically the Annual meeting format only over the computer. More information will be forthcoming from CMA or the Board.

New Entrance Sign

Bill Drake was instrumental in getting the new 3D sign that you now see as you leave the subdivision. Bill is still working with the technology to understand all the functions of the sign. Hopefully, he will conquer the
device and we will have all our messages communicating to the residents as they leave the property soon.

Halloween Light/Decoration Contest

Every year we have many of our residents dress up their homes for fall and Halloween. With all that is going on, the social committee has decided to award the top 3 homes with Home Depot gift cards. First place will be $100, second $50 and third will be awarded $25. Good luck to those that take the time to do this! The committee will be judging the night of Oct. 30 so make sure you leave your home lit up if you’re leaving…

Video Conference Ability

As with the Annual meeting, CMA has offered us the ability to hold the open meeting virtually. The Board is
mulling this over. Again it would not be an immediate 2-way street. Questions could be submitted before the meeting and answered during the meeting. The information provided would be as we previously did before the virus. Each Director will communicate what is going on in their specific area of responsibility.
No decision yet but we are intrigued by the offer.

Fitness Center

We’ve had many inquire about the opening of the fitness center. The Board reviewed this very thoroughly by reviewing the CDC and Georgia guidelines. In addition, we sought out advice from our paid partners CMA and
lawyer on the possibility of doing this. We were told this was extremely risky and unless we were to commit to a very strict regimen and pay for professional cleaning daily, they could not advise us to do this. Knowing this
information the board decided to not open the Fitness Center. It was a difficult decision but a safe one. I know some are upset but I hope you do understand. As soon as we can open it up, we will. We have had all the
equipment repaired and serviced so it is ready to go.

Mailbox Numbers

For some reason, the numbers are falling off the mailboxes. While this isn’t a big deal, it is an important way of identifying your residence. CMA has started notifying the residents of the issue. From some recent email and Facebook comments the Board has decided to make the information on getting replacements available to the residents through email and Facebook community.

2″ Williamsburg Brass Mailbox Numbers

Purchase at Addresses of Distinction:

addressesofdistinction.com 

800-436-1647

770-436-6198

$3.95 each plus shipping

We have decided to give everyone a 30-day reprieve, or until Dec. 1, 2020, to repair. After that date, you will receive a violation letter and will be subject to the information within the letter.

Pressure Washing / Fines

The Board has sent many communications to residents to clean up their homes while the weather is good to do so. Warning letters have been sent also. If you are a resident that has received one of these letters you should
respond to CMA with your plan to fix the issue or else you will be subject not only to a fine but a daily fine. Hopefully, you will make the necessary plans to abstain from having to pay fines.

Newspapers in the Driveways

Here is another item we’ve discussed many times and continues in some locations over and over. This too will be met with violation letters and fines if necessary to bring the home into compliance. Pick up your unwantedvnewspapers or stop the subscription. All of these free newspapers have a number to call when you no longer
want them.

Landscaping News

Fungicide was applied to all of our side and front yards at our last turf treatment to address Spring and Silver Dollar dead spots that are now showing up in some of our yards. New pine straw will be applied to all of our side and front beds in late November/early December depending on
when the fall leaves have been removed. 
“Hard” pruning of hollies and large lorapetalum will begin in January/February. This will give the shrubs the look of being sparse and over-pruned but these are hardy bushes that will come back when spring arrives. This is being done to keep the bushes shaped properly and keep a consistent visual look to shrubs throughout our subdivision.

Financial Update

We ended 2019 with $471,235 in assets. As we finished the month of September 2020 we currently have $503,399 – an increase of $32,164.00. This figure will more than likely continue to increase as we finish 2020. The
community is well off financially. Next year’s budget will be our first deficit budget (approx. $2,000.00) in my memory to be submitted to the residents. That’s due to over $11,000.00 of increased expenses for fungicide and aeration in 2021. Another $8,000.00 is attributed to costs for running the pool due to the virus affects. As we say this, we don’t factor in many items of revenue such as rentals, bank interest, capital contributions, late collections, etc. These types of income are subject to many factors, therefore we don’t try to guess what their amounts will be. YTD 2020 these types of income have contributed $6,198 to our bottom line. If that holds true in 2021 we will have income above our expenses!

The Board feels with more than adequate assets in the accounts our current monthly fees cover our expenses and the reserves are funded well enough for any unforeseen issues in 2021.

Thanks for reading!

Don Roach, President

and

The Board of Centennial Commons Directors:

Bob Weber, Finance

Chuck Whitaker, Amenities

Bill Drake, ACC Coordinator

Shirley Cox, Secretary

Letter From the President (July 2020)

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE IN THE KNOW!

Email: centennialcommoner@yahoo.com

It’s time we provide the community some updates on the virus and how it has affected your HOA.  

Still, all social functions and meetings have been suspended until what time we can safely do them. The Board has met pool side in April & May and just recently here in July in the clubroom. In addition we have discussed various topics via email and conference calls.

The following are items that are or have been implemented or mandated because of the virus.

Thanks for reading,      

Don Roach, President

COVID-19 News

The Pool

The pool has opened but requires waivers that have to be signed by adults (18 and over) and by parents or guardians of any children who want to use the pool. Guests are allowed but each resident is only allowed a total of 6 people to enter on their key. Guests need to sign their own waivers, not the residents! We ask each resident to limit their stay at the pool to 3 hours if the pool is busy. If the pool is at capacity we ask you to leave after 2 hours if there are other residents wanting to use the pool. The maximum capacity originally was 35 but was increased to 50 when the governor changed the crowd capacity. Social distancing is recommended and encouraged while at the pool. Wearing of a mask is a personal decision but no masks in the water.

Other Amenities

Your waiver is good for all amenities so only one waiver is needed for use of the amenities. Unfortunately, the other amenities, playground, and fitness room are still closed due to the guidance from CMA and our legal representatives based on the Governor’s edicts. Mostly, this is due to be able to clean either facility after each use.

The Basketball court can be used only by immediate family members due to the social distance issues and as long as they have submitted a waiver.

Tennis court along with pickleball usage is allowed but social distancing is recommended and also requires a waiver.

The clubhouse will not be rented until what time CMA and our legal representatives okay that use. This amenity will probably be the last to open. We are still taking reservations but I would not get my hopes up before October or November.

Again one waiver covers all available amenities. But if using the clubhouse or the tennis/pickleball and basketball courts we must have everyone, entering our property to use an amenity, sign a waiver. If not, you the homeowner could be held legally liable. 

Changes Coming Soon

We have new locks being installed the week of July 13th on the tennis and basketball courts. These new locks will help Chuck Whitaker from having to open up these amenities every time a resident wants to use them. Once locks are installed you will again be able to use your key to gain access. But you still must have a waiver on file for your key to work.

Additionally, we will be resurfacing the tennis courts the week of 7/20. This will repair all the cracks and add new paint and nets. I believe the courts will be closed for one week after repairs to ensure the work will not be affected.

The state has passed a bill to provide us with some protection from litigation but has not been signed into law as of this writing. Per the legal interpretation, this won’t change much in the overall scheme of things so I doubt you will see either the fitness room or playground open until some of the mandatory requirements are lifted. At this writing, we are seeing an increase in cases and concerns over the hospitals’ capacities. Until the time when cases reduce, I doubt the state will change anything. In fact, we may see tougher rules which may cause closings of the open amenities.

Maintain social distancing when at the amenities and use hand sanitizers and spray solution bottles provided. Wash your hands frequently and use a mask when needed. Keep your hands from your face too. If we practice these habits we can protect ourselves from the virus.  

I do hope you and your families are doing well and wish you good health.

Other News

Basketball and Tennis Court Use

Until the new locks are installed you can use the courts by calling Chuck Whitaker 404-934-5023. For basketball court use, due to the impossibility of social distancing, only immediate family members can use the court. Only one family at a time. Please give Chuck an hour’s notice before wanting to use the court. Chuck will meet you and unlock the chained door to the court you want to use. When finished make sure you close the door and ensure it latches.

Swimming Pool – August and Beyond

The Board will look to extend the splash monitors at the pool for as long as we can. With Cobb County postponing the start of school by two weeks it should give us another 2 weeks of coverage. Our contract calls for weekend staffing after school starts. Our contract doesn’t cover the cost of additional coverage so we will pay Splash monthly for the hours used. Once the monitors leave we will need to see if we can reasonably meet what is mandated by the state CDC for the pool to stay open with volunteers. If not, then the pool will close during those times when we aren’t staffed.

Traffic Calming

Colin Ferguson will be reaching out to the residents to see what they’d like to do to curb some of our heavy-footed drivers. He will be surveying the subdivision and will bring the results to the Board for action. If you forgot about this it was printed in the Jan/Feb Newsletter. Here it is again: Traffic Calming

 

Landscaping News

4 Seasons have been working hard to keep up with the growth this year. With the added moisture everything has been growing fast. They have assured us that they will get current and with the recent trimming, our subdivision looks pretty good. The straw beds need to be weeded and some of the mowings seems uneven. But all in all, they have corrected most of their mistakes. We will continue to let you know when there are spaying and trimming going on. Anyways as much as they let us know… If you have an issue, send an email to centennialcommoner@yahoo.com  for us to forward to the supervisor of the crew at 4 Seasons. We don’t take phone calls on landscaping issues. Please do not call Kathy Andregg for landscaping issues in 2020.

Resident Financial Issues

For those residents having difficulties maintaining their monthly assessment fees, the Board highly recommends

you contact our CMA representative, Melody Daniel @404-835-9201 to pursue a financial arrangement.  The Board will review all arrangements presented by CMA for approval.  We hope this will lessen the amount of financial distress on those residents in need.

Financial Report

Our financial situation is fluid and we are currently spending less than we have in the past. The reserve account has been maintained at high enough level that we are in a position to handle most any issue. That is our goal.

May Financial Report –

Cash Operating: $111,919.99

Cash Reserves: $59,243.06

Cash Res Money Market: $340,351.51

Total: $511,513.56

May Operating Cost: $19,862.86

May Income: $26,549.93

Why not June? We don’t get the previous month’s financials until mid-month.

Help Keep Our Neighborhood Clean

Many of our residents like to walk in the nice weather.  We are looking for volunteers that would be willing to pick up debris and trash when you see it.  The HOA will provide trash Grippers for anyone who is willing to volunteer.

Interested in volunteering? Contact Us.

SPLASH is hiring!

Our board received this notice from SPLASH if anyone is interested:

If you know of anyone that is looking for a summer job and likes being outside around a pool, Splash may be the perfect fit for them!

Some quick facts about working for Splash as a Lifeguard or Pool Monitor:

  • No previous work experience is required
  • Employees must be at least 15 years old
  • We teach two American Red Cross Lifeguard certification classes per year for anyone that wants to become a Lifeguard
  • All employees’ starting pay rate is above the minimum wage
  • Lifeguards have a higher level of responsibility and training, therefore have a higher starting pay rate than Pool Monitors
  • Employees work on average 20 hours per week, but we are flexible. We have some employees that work closer to 40 hours and others that work less than 20.
  • More than 75% of our summer staff works for us for multiple swim seasons

404-643-3310

Thanks for reading!

Don Roach, President and the Board of Centennial Commons, Directors, Bob Weber, Finance, Chuck Whitaker, Amenities, Bill Drake, ACC Coordinator and Shirley Cox, Secretary

Landscaping Update – May 29,2020

Turf Treatment and Pine Straw

We have two landscape items to alert you to today.

  1. Our new pine straw distribution on our front and side beds will start Wednesday and/or Thursday, June 3 and 4.
  2. Also, Tru-Green will be applying our next turf treatment starting on Thursday, June 4, weather permitting.  This treatment is at no extra cost to our homeowners for the front and side yards as it is included as part of your monthly dues. This will be a granular application so please keep in mind to watch the weather and if Mother Nature doesn’t provide any rain within a day or 2, then you’ll want to water your yard so the granular fertilizer doesn’t “burn” your grass.
For those of you that have already signed up for backyard application of the turf treatments through 4 Seasons, all you need to do is ensure that your side gate access to your backyard is left open on June 4 so Tru-Green can get back in there..
If you haven’t already gotten on that backyard turf treatment list and would like to get your backyard treated at the same time as the front and side yard you must called 4 Seasons and ask to get on the list. It’s too late to sign up for the June 4 treatment but you can get on the list for future treatments that cost $16/treatment.  There are typically 6 of them throughout the year. The contact person is Linda Lane at 770-452-4455. The homeowner is billed directly from 4 Seasons for this backyard treatment.

Thank you,
Centennial Commons HOA Board

Letter From the President (April 2020)

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE IN THE KNOW!

Email: centennialcommoner@yahoo.com

As I write this letter, almost 2 months from the last one, I’m shocked how much has changed in a short period of time. We have a deadly complicated virus running among us and our governments are restricting everything we do. This is certainly a time for prayer and reflection on our lives and how we can make things better at a very difficult time in our day to day existence. I see numerous Facebook posts that are offering help to anyone that needs it. Many are walking around and being friendly to those that they don’t know. Also, residents have asked that we do something to lift up our spirits. That has spawned the Celebration Sunday which will run through the month of April. We are blessed to have a wonderful community. 

The Board held a social distancing meeting on April 7, 2020, at the poolside. We needed this meeting as many things had accumulated since our Feb. meeting, let alone the virus issues. We will note the issues discussed in this newsletter.

I hope by the next newsletter we will be discussing our same old stuff! Watch for email blasts and Facebook posts from the Board for any crucial information. I ask for your patience with the Board as this is all new for us as it is to everyone else. I can assure you we don’t want to close anything down, as we realize that our amenities could be the only way for some to get relief from the monotony of sheltering in place, but the Board does have to listen to our government and partners who recommend or mandate certain requirements to keep everyone safe. So when you see, read or hear of things being closed know we do this for the safety of our residents and to comply with edicts from experts.

I so hope you and your families are doing well and continue to keep everyone safe.

Thanks for reading,      

Don Roach, President

COVID-19 News

All amenities are closed at the current time including the playground. Exclusions are the basketball and tennis courts.

Basketball & Tennis Courts

Immediate family residents (those that live together under one roof) can use the courts by calling Chuck Whitaker 404-934-5023. Only one family per court at a time. Please give Chuck an hour’s notice before requesting to use the court. Chuck will meet you and unlock the door to the court you want to use. When finished make sure you close the door and ensure it latches.

Playground

Because of the inability to clean after use at the playground, we need to close this amenity. A sign will be posted at the sidewalk leading to the playground. We cannot lock the playground down so we need the residents to honor the request not to use. Thanks.

HOA Activities

All future HOA activities have been postponed until further notice. The Board will continue to meet in person when needed but these will be done with current restrictions in mind. Hopefully all this will be over sooner versus later.

 

Other Updates

Assessment Fees

The board understands that the longevity of the Corona Virus may be financially affecting some of our residents.  Over the past week, the Board met to discuss this issue and directed our secretary to communicate with both CMA and our Attorney for direction as to what options we had to help our residents. We were informed that legally, we cannot waive any monthly assessment fees for any reason.   Therefore, for those residents having difficulties maintaining their monthly assessment fees, the Board highly recommends you contact our CMA representative, Melody Daniel @404-835-9201 to pursue a financial arrangement. The Board will review all arrangements presented by CMA for approval. We hope this will lessen the amount of financial distress on those residents in need.

Financial Report

The Board has decided with these uncertain times we will be postponing any costly projects for the near future. We will address them at a later time. Even though we have a very decent reserve we don’t want to be dipping into it unless absolutely necessary. Our budget is based on 294 out of 300 homes paying dues for 12 months. If that goal is not hit for very long, we may have to go to the reserve budget to cover monthly expenses. So we need to be prepared for different scenarios if this continues for much longer than anticipated.

Pool Opening

Cobb County has an executive order in place barring the opening of community pools.

We received this notice from SPLASH:

COVID-19 Guidance for Swimming Pools

“While Governor Kemp’s current Executive Order is in place, CDPH will follow the state Environmental Health office’s recommendation that swimming pools not be allowed to open until the order is lifted.  There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread through properly disinfected swimming pool water; however, the virus can be spread in this environment through person-to-person contact and contact with contaminated surfaces.  The Center for Environmental Health will continue to schedule and perform conditional opening inspections which will allow compliant pools to open once the Executive Order is lifted. If state guidance changes during the duration of the Executive Order, those conditions will then apply to pre-approved pools.”

SPLASH and the HOA are preparing our pool area and pool as in the past so it is ready to open when the order is lifted.

Celebration of Life Contest

The subdivision was encouraged to light up the mood around our neighborhood with lights and decorations for the month of April. The social committee will award the best 3 decorated homes. Unfortunately, storms suspended the judging by a week. The judges will be out on Saturday, April 18, to determine the winners. Please leave your lights on until 9:30 that night. Thanks and good luck.

Landscaping News

Front Entrance

The front color (flowers) has been selected by the landscaping committee and will be planted soon after the irrigation system is activated and working properly. In addition, a couple (3) trees will be planted in the open space up on Centennial Hill Drive. These projects were already in progress and had to move forward.

Mowing has begun and the lawns will be scalped to allow more sun into the lawn. Please keep decorations out of the lawn area. With the heat returning the weed spray will have more of an effect on these pesky plants.

Please do not call Kathy Andregg for landscaping issues in 2020. All landscaping issues will be submitted to our email centennialcommoner@yahoo.com we will then forward to the 4 Seasons managers for attention and remediate action. Once the issue is resolved we or 4 Seasons will notify the resident of the correction or action taken. Remember, if you deal directly with 4 Seasons we cannot follow up as we have no knowledge of your issue.

Upcoming Turf Treatment

Tru-Green is scheduled to do another turf treatment on or about April 18, Saturday. This will be a liquid pre and post-emergent weed killer.

For those of you that have already signed up for backyard turf treatment applications through 4 Seasons, all you need to do is ensure that your side gate access to your backyard is left open on April 18 so Tru-Green can get back in there. If you haven’t already gotten on that backyard turf treatment list and would like to get your backyard treated at the same time as the front and side yard, you must call 4 Seasons and ask to get on the list. It’s too late to sign up for the April 18 treatment but you can get on the list for future treatments that cost $16/treatment.  There are typically 6 of them throughout the year. The contact person is Linda Lane at 770-452-4455. The homeowner is billed directly from 4 Seasons for this backyard treatment.

Help Keep Our Neighborhood Clean

Many of our residents like to walk in the nice weather.  We are looking for volunteers that would be willing to pick up debris and trash when you see it.  The HOA will provide trash Grippers for anyone who is willing to volunteer.

SPLASH is hiring!

Our board received this notice from SPLASH if anyone is interested:

If you know of anyone that is looking for a summer job and likes being outside around a pool, Splash may be the perfect fit for them!

Some quick facts about working for Splash as a Lifeguard or Pool Monitor:

  • No previous work experience is required
  • Employees must be at least 15 years old
  • We teach two American Red Cross Lifeguard certification classes per year for anyone that wants to become a Lifeguard
  • All employees’ starting pay rate is above the minimum wage
  • Lifeguards have a higher level of responsibility and training, therefore have a higher starting pay rate than Pool Monitors
  • Employees work on average 20 hours per week, but we are flexible. We have some employees that work closer to 40 hours and others that work less than 20.
  • More than 75% of our summer staff works for us for multiple swim seasons

404-643-3310

Thanks for reading!

Don Roach, President and the Board of Centennial Commons, Directors, Chuck Whitaker, Amenities, Bill Drake, ACC Coordinator and Shirley Cox, Secretary.

Tru-Green Turf Treatment (April 18)

This is a notice to our residents that Tru-Green is scheduled to do another turf treatment on or about April 18, Saturday. This will be a liquid pre and post emergent weed killer.

This treatment is at no extra cost to our homeowners for the front and side yards as it is included as part of your monthly dues.

For those of you that have already signed up for backyard turf treatment applications through 4 Seasons, all you need to do is ensure that your side gate access to your backyard is left open on April 18 so Tru-Green can get back in there.

If you haven’t already gotten on that backyard turf treatment list and would like to get your backyard treated at the same time as the front and side yard you must called 4 Seasons and ask to get on the list. It’s too late to sign up for the April 18 treatment but you can get on the list for future treatments that cost $16/treatment.  There are typically 6 of them throughout the year. The contact person is Linda Lane at 770-452-4455. The homeowner is billed directly from 4 Seasons for this backyard treatment.

 

Thank you,
 CCHOA Board

Letter From the President (Jan/Feb/Mar 2020)

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

JAN/FEB/MAR 2020

Another annual meeting is in the books. Although we had a decent turnout, we still had only 4 candidates for 5 positions. Fortunately, we were able to convince a new resident to join us in 2020. His name is William Earnest and will be our Financial Director. William (Bill) was President on a previous HOA and has served in financial positions with other entities.

Bill Drake joined our Board this year after living here for numerous years. Bill is well known for helping many of our residents with home and yard issues. He has volunteered his time and efforts to the social committee events and has repaired various broken items in and around the clubhouse – too many to list actually.  Bill will be leading the ACC team of homeowners through the homeowner improvement requests.

Welcome, Bill and Bill! We are blessed to get your talents. 

We did achieve a quorum of votes and that allows us to go forward with our 2020 proposed budget. The 2019 budget produced an end of the year surplus of over $37,000 of unspent monies. This is in addition to the $36,500 which was placed into the reserves either through the capital program or monthly unspent dollars that was accounted for by budget designation.  We spent almost $42,000 out of the reserves in 2019 for various improvements that were not part of our day to day budget. Overall we ended 2019 with a surplus of $31,500 so hopefully, we can duplicate that feat in 2020. 

Looking forward we see less delinquencies beginning with 2018 – $50,000, $30,000 in 2019 to $23,000 in 2020. A large amount of the 2020 debt has been placed in agreed-upon payments which will bring those accounts current in the near future. This can be attributed to our aggressive and compassionate resolve to ensure everyone is paying their fair share. Shirley Cox our Secretary has taken the lead on this and works very closely with legal and CMA to ensure a good resolution. 

I’ve spent most of my time talking about money which I believe is paramount to having a solid HOA, one that others would love to live in. Think about this, you move into Centennial Commons and you gain $1,600 of wealth immediately ($479,000 our bank account divided by 300 homes). I’ve said that the Board’s mission has to be the value of our homes. This thought should be in every decision we make, it (the decision) has to revolve around the thought of how will this improve the price of homes in our community. 

Lastly, a successful community is one that knows and interacts with its neighbors. We have a social group that has events that attempts to get you out of your homes to interact with others. If you can find the time please try to participate and or join the committee if you’d like. We are always looking for new ideas and people to help.

Thanks for reading,      

Don Roach, President

The 2020 Centennial Commons Board of Directors

NAME
TITLE
RESPONSIBILITIES
Don Roach President Social/Landscaping
Shirley Cox Secretary Minutes/Legal/Leasing/Website/Communications
Chuck Whitaker Security Amenities/Security
*Bill Drake ACC ACC (Architectural Control Committee)
*William (Bill) Earnest Financial Finance
* – New for 2020 ———- ———-  

UPCOMING SOCIAL EVENTS

Wine Tasting Event

Saturday, March 7, 2020
7:00 pm

A new event that the committee hopes will lure out the new and old-time residents to meet each other. Drinks and food will be provided by the HOA. There will be non-alcoholic drinks along with a few beers for those that don’t like wine. Oh my! The wines provided will be selected by the committee and will include some of their favorites I’m sure. Come join us for some easy conversation and meet your neighbors.

Bunco

Saturday, March 14, 2020 and
Saturday, April 18, 2020
6:30 pm

Bunco is a dice game that is fun and easy to play. Bring $5 per person, a snack dish to share and your drink of choice. We have a social half-hour between 6:30 and 7 to meet and greet. A game usually lasts from 7 to 9 or 9:30 dependent on the crowd. Come meet your neighbors!

Kid’s Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 5, 2020
2:00 pm

From 2:00 – 2:30 pm, the Bunny will visit the clubhouse for pictures with the kids and there will be crafts for the children. At 2:30 pm, we will divide the children into age groups and let them loose to find as many plastic eggs as they can. Inside these eggs will be edible goodies. Also, there will be a few special eggs that can be traded for gifts. Mark your calendar!

Ladies’ Game Day

TBD
Elaine Drake, Social Leader, sets up a day once a month (Thursday usually) for the ladies to get together to chat and play games. Elaine normally posts the dates, times and particulars on Facebook. Watch the calendar on our website and Facebook for the next date.

News in the Neighborhood

Best Holiday Decorated Home

The Social Committee, for the first year, had a contest for the best Holiday decorated home. There was a $50.00 Home Depot gift card to the winner and a $25 prize for second. The winners were 1st Jason & Chrissy Boone and Kim & Stephanie Davis. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to the residents for sprucing up their homes during the holidays. Good luck next year!

New ‘Report A Violation’ Page on Website

The “Report a Violation” page on our website is up and running. Please take the time to review it and make sure to report any violations through this site.

Landscaping News

Please do not call Kathy Andregg for landscaping issues in 2020. All landscaping issues will be submitted to our email centennialcommoner@yahoo.com. WWe will then forward to the 4 Seasons managers for attention and remediate action. Once the issue is resolved we will notify the resident of the correction or action recommended by 4 Seasons. We have burned out 3 volunteer Landscape Directors since I’ve been on the Board. We need to change the way we address issues so no one person is handling everything. While I’ll take on the challenge I will have many helping me through this endeavor. Have patience and I’m sure we will be able to handle most anything that arises.

Important: The 4 Seasons crew will be cutting back bushes that need the hard trim. If you do not want it done you need to let the HOA know ASAP. If you chose not to trim your bushes you may be cited later if they become unsightly and will have to trim them yourself at your cost.

Thanks, Don Roach, President

 Kathy Andregg, Volunteer Landscaping Committee Person News

Tru-Green applied its first lawn treatment of the year February 14. There will be 5 others that will be done periodically throughout the growing season. These are applied to the front and side yards at no extra cost to you as they are covered in your monthly dues. If you want your backyard treated at the same time you must get on a list maintained by 4 Seasons and you will have to pay separately for those. The charge is $16 per treatment and payments are made directly to 4 Seasons. Call Linda Lane at 4 Seasons to get on that list at 770-452-4455. Our next turf treatment will be around April 18 so call now to get on that list for the April treatment.

The crew will start to “scalp” the lawns in mid to late March with mowers to bring down the grass tops. They currently are working at pruning back Crape Myrtles and roses in front and side yards. Front and side yard bushes will be fertilized in April.

4 Seasons is reviewing our holly bushes to determine if they need to be “hard pruned”. This is done periodically to keep these fast growing bushes from becoming too large for their space but we want to warn you that the end result can look startling and some residents have opted out of this treatment because they are afraid their bushes will die. We assure you that this will not be the case and the hard prune will only apply to the corner hollys at your house, not all the bushes. If you want to opt out of this hard prune for your hollys please email the Board asking for no hard prune.

Traffic Road Community Issues

Colin Ferguson has volunteered to be our communications person who will help the Board with issues that require interactions with city, county, state and police personnel, just to name a few.

We welcome Colin who has plenty of background and expertise in many issues that seem to affect our small area of Cobb and Cherokee counties. Here is the latest from Colin who worked on a report on speeding in the neighborhood called traffic calming:

Traffic Calming:

After contacting the Cobb County Police and Cobb County Transportation, here are options for the community curb speeding in our neighborhood:

  1. The HOA could install signs on our property to remind residents to slow down. Cobb County is responsible for maintaining the roads and signs, but we could install signs along the road, on our property, at our cost, to remind people to slow the heck down.

    This option requires minimal involvement from residents, and a minimal commitment of community finances.
  2. Create something like a neighborhood watch by working with Cobb County police through the Community Affairs Unit. This community initiative would help us identify and report speeding vehicles and other problems at the community. This option would require significant resident and community involvement.
  3. Request speed enforcement from Cobb County Police.  Residents can go to the police precinct and complete a complaint about speeding, or do so online here: https://cobbcounty.seamlessdocs.com/f/traffic_complaints.  People submitting complaints are required to submit their contact information, and information about the speeder, such as car color, make, model and license plate #. This option could be combined with option 2. This option requires individual involvement and may result in residents getting traffic tickets if the police get enough complaints to patrol the area.
  4. Request a traffic study for the area, where police would monitor speeds along Centennial Commons Drive. Only if the study determines there is a need would we move to the next step: submitting a petition to the county for speed humps.  (Speed humps are not the speed bumps you see in parking lots but are the longer lower humps you see in many neighborhoods throughout Atlanta.) This is a lengthy process which would require patience and commitment of volunteers.
  5. As the board previously suggested, the community could hire an outside service to provide traffic calming and neighborhood patrols.  When this idea was brought up last year at a monthly meeting, it was clear that there is no consensus at the community, but that could easily change.  This option required a commitment of money rather than time and community involvement.
  6. Do nothing for the moment.  Wait and see if the problem gets worse.

To solve this issue, it will take a commitment of time and energy from people at the community. The Board is happy to assist and provide framework and direction. Speeding complaints should go to the police first, and then provide a copy or the details of the police report so we can track them. If you have an issue that you are not sure which way to go you can reach Colin by using our email centennialcommoner@yahoo.com. We will the forward the inquiry to Colin and he can address it, and you will receive a reply. Thank you Colin!

Other News

Bike Rack

If you haven’t noticed we had bike rack installed at the tennis court by the walkway to the playground. This will eliminate bikes or other wheeled items from being stored in the breezeway. Remember to lock your stuff at the rack to prevent theft.

Homeowners Must Be Present with any Visitors Using the Amenities

If you or your family bring or allows visitors to use the HOA amenities, some adults from your household must be with them continuously while they are using the amenities.  We have had numerous occasions of visitors who are unaware of our rules and become offended when we tell them to follow the rules and procedures. Please help us with this issue.

Holiday Decorations

Remember to put your decorations in the pine straw if we are still mowing. Decorations should be removed promptly after the holiday is over. Thank you.

Tennis Court Usage

The tennis courts are made for playing tennis and pickle ball. Any other activities can result in damage to the courts, nets and fencing. Skateboarding and roller blades will result in damage to the surface. Additionally, proper footwear is required to protect the surface and the user. The costs to maintain the courts are in the thousands and therefore we need to follow the procedures for playing at the courts. Please respect this amenity.

Facebook Page

Our Facebook page is the best and fastest way to get immediate information regarding the subdivision, i.e.; looking for recommendations on home issues, posting events in the community, lost dogs, found dogs, and yes, even our recent bear sighting! If you have not already done so, please go to CCHOA in Acworth on Facebook and ask to join the group. We need to remind homeowners that this page is not somewhere to post a personal grievance that you feel the board should handle.  The board does not handle the CCHOA business via FB. If you want the board to act on a complaint, make sure to send an email to centennialcommoner@yahoo.com.  Your email will be forwarded to the proper person to handle. (Make sure to take the time to read the conduct policy regarding all posts.)

Email

The other way to get information is to join our email list. You are getting this because we have your email information and can send you important information quickly. If your neighbor doesn’t know why they are not getting this, it’s because the Secretary, Shirley Cox, does not have their info. Tell them to drop her a line at shirleycchoa@gmail.com. And she will add you to our community email list.

Parking

The covenants prohibit parking on the street. Consistent violators will be fined. Also if you’re unavailable to move your car at any time you are in violation of the fire code and could be ticketed according to Cobb County Police. Our streets are too narrow to allow parking in the street. If you need to park your car short term, try to park on one (right) side of the street. Don’t create a blockage (where two vehicles are face to face) on the road and be mindful of your neighbor’s ability to get out of their driveway.

One other item I will mention, there we will be major changes to our front entrance landscaping in the next month to replace the 16 year old, over mature shrubs that we have out there right now and improve sight distance uphill on Woodstock Rd.

Pickleball

The pickleball group had started back up playing with the warmer weather arriving but things sort of stopped because of a lack of players.  If you are interested in playing let us know at centennialcommoner@yahoo.com. A paddle and balls are supplied so all you need to do is wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.

Instructions will be provided. If we have enough interest we play very Saturday at 10 AM until June and then move the time back to 9 AM due to the Atlanta heat.

Dog Feces

We have received many complaints regarding homeowners who walk their dogs and do not pick up after their dog. Neither the board nor CMA has any recourse to this action without specific information. In order to notify CMA to issue a violation, we must have either the dog owners name and/or address.  Also, if possible take a photo and include it, would be helpful.  Just a photo by itself, without any other information renders us helpless to pursue the homeowner.

Roofs

As I’m sure you’re aware of we’ve had problems with the roofing shingles that the original builder installed. Many residents have replaced theirs but there are many more homes that may need it to be done. The insurance companies and roofers are well aware of our issues so be careful with both. Review your insurance contract yearly as some insurance companies are writing in a different coverage for roofs that may raise your deductible for a replacement. Others are insisting on partial replacements (that most likely would be unacceptable to the HOA) or temporary repairs until what time the roof runs out of life and or they will only pay a small portion of the cost. Also be very careful of whom you hire as some these companies go out of business within one or two years and who would you go back against for poor workmanship if they no longer exist.


Thanks for reading!

Don Roach, President and the Board of Centennial Commons, Directors, William Earnest, Finance, Chuck Whitaker, Amenities, Bill Drake, ACC Coordinator and Shirley Cox, Secretary

 

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